There’s More to Consider Than Whether or Not to Use Batting!
If you’re like us, you probably want a quilt on your bed during warm weather months as well as to snuggle into in the winter. Lightweight quilts can have all the charm of “normal” quilts while being just right for warm summer nights.
When the topic of lightweight summer quilts comes up, many quilters think of quilts without batting. Simply “quilting” together a quilt top and a backing fabric, or two sheets, is one way to make a summer quilt.
Another method, which you may prefer if you like a little loft to your quilt, is to substitute a flannel sheet for the batting. Just be sure to wash it several times so it won’t shrink substantially when the finished quilt is washed.
Double Gauze Summer Quilt by Giuseppe Ribaudo. Click here for tips about working with this fabric.
Lightweight batting is another option to consider. While there are several on the market, some will be less warming than others. Bamboo batting is a good choice, while poly, wool and even lightweight cotton tend to be warmer.
Another consideration for a summer quilts is the fabric used in making them. Fabrics from some manufacturers are naturally thinner, and cooler, than others. But have you considered fabrics other than quilting cotton?
The following article from Craftsy gives a nice overview of fabrics and batting for lightweight summer quilts.
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